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Past Meetings
2011

 
2011

December 11    Holiday Social

November 21   CIG
                         Lecture 32 - The Quantum Origin of All Structure
                         Lecture 33 - Inflation's Stunning Creativity

November 2     General Meeting  
"2012 - The Next Great End of the World?" by Chuck Pullen - instructor at Sierra College 
                        
Hype has been building for several years over the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 23, 2012, the Winter
                         Solstice. Some are making it into a prophecy of the end of days. Others are tying a host of conspiracies into the
                         "Mayan Apocalypse " including UFOs, shadow governments, and the Illuminati. Chuck informed us about the real
                         Mayan Calendar, past predictions of doom, and the business of selling the end of the world.

October 19       Blue Canyon Trip

October 17       CIG
                         
Lecture 32 - Puzzling Problems Remain
                         Lecture 33 - Inflation Provides the Solution

October 5         General Meeting   
"The Origin of Our Moon" by Tom Eason
                        
Our Moon is our closest major neighbor. In many ways it is unique compared to most other Solar System planetary
                         moons. Why is it different, and how did it get that way? How do these differences affect us? Tom discussed four
                         different scenarios for the origin of the Moon that address the answers to these questions.
  


September 19   CIG
                         
Lecture 28 - Back to a Microsecond - The Particle Cascade
                         Lecture 29 - Back to the GUT - Matter and Forces Emerge


September 7    General Meeting     "Mooning Our Way Through the Solar System" by Anthony Oreglia
                        What are the most fascinating and mysterious objects in the solar system? What have volcanoes, lakes, mountains,
                        canyons, oceans, ice sheets, craters, crevices, geysers, and rain? What have strange names and come in all shapes and
                        sizes? What play leap frog with each other? What may be the only place in the solar system that harbors alien life
                        forms?...... the Moons! There are now over 160 moons that have been discovered orbiting the solar system's eight
                        planets. Anthony gave an excellent presentation about  the latest discoveries concerning these remarkable solar system
                        objects.


August 25       Blue Canyon Observing Trip
                       
This observing trip was very successful with excellent "seeing" conditions.  We saw stars, galaxies, nebulae, star
                       clusters and the Milky Way in outstanding detail.


August 17      Planetarium Show and Presentation at Sierra College Planetarium by Professor Barry Rice
                       Barry presented a planetarium show and presentation titled "Have Aliens Visited Earth?"

August 15      CIG


June 1            "SETI and the Allen Telescope Array" by Jon Richards
                      
The mission of the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is to explore, understand and explain the
                       origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. Jon Richards works with Seth Shostak and Jill Tartar at SETI in
                       Mountain View, and also at the Hat Creek Antenna site. Jon presented the history of SETI, describe the Allen
                       Telescope Array used to search for signals, and explained how signals are detected. Jon  also described SetiQuest,
                       SETI's latest initiative to involve the public in assisting in software development and the analysis of received signals.

May 16           CIG

May 5            
Binocular Interest Group Viewing with Binoculars at a site in Lincoln Hills - No experience necessary 
                        Contact Joel Thomas 
analemma93@yahoo.com (408-5521) or Nina Mazzo  ninamazzo@sbcglobal.net  for details.

May 4             Community Forum "Our Cosmic Neighborhood"  -SCLH Forum in the Ballroom at OCL.  7 - 9 PM
                     
  LHAG members gave four short, yet interesting and informative presentations:
                       (1) "What's Up in the Night Sky" Joel Thomas will take us on a tour of our local night sky that can be observed using
                       only your naked eyes;
                       (2) "The Year of the Solar System" Anthony Oreglia will present the newest images and missions exploring our solar
                        system;
                       (3) "21st Century Astronomy" Tom Eason will discuss how astronomers today are discovering secrets of the universe
                        and
                       (4) "Cosmology" Morey Lewis will explain what the universe is composed of as well theories on its origin.
     

April 18          CIG

April 6            LHAG Social/Mini-Expo 
                       LHAG members enjoyed time for socializing and browsing the Astronomy displays. They learned about LHAG
                       activities including the Binocular Interest Group and the Cosmology Interest Group. Several different types of
                       telescopes and binoculars were on display, and many "apps" for IPAD's, iPhones, and other devices were
                       demonstrated.

March 21, 24  CIG

March 9          Group Expo

March 2         "The Stormy Sun" by John Combes
                       The Sun appears to be a very stable star and compared with many other stars that would be the case. However,
                       considering the fragile nature of life on Earth, the Sun can pose some interesting and sometimes disastrous effects to
                       the well being of human and animal life. John explored some of the events caused by the Sun which have affected the
                       way we live.

February 21, 24  CIG

February 2     "Dark Skies" by Jack Sales   "Dark Skies 2"
                      Jack is the founder of the International Dark-Sky (IDA) Association. The goal of the IDA is to make people to be
                      aware of the importance of the loss of our dark skies. The preservation of dark skies is an important environmental
                      concern to astronomers, of course, but also for other aspects of our biosphere. Light pollution has been shown to
                      adversely affect circadian rhythms of sleep patterns and hormonal cycles of many living things, including us humans.
                      There is also an environmental concurrent effect due to wasting of energy for overused urban lighting. Jack discussed 
                      these detrimental effects of "light pollution," and alternatives to reduce these effects.

January 17, 20  CIG

January 5       General Meeting    NASA's "Discovery and New Frontiers" Program by Don Wilson
                      
Don described some of NASA's low profile missions such as a NASA low budget mission that does double duty by
                       recycling satellites. Don described missions to minor planets, comets, asteroids, and the Kuiper Belt